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NSW Syllabuses

Course structure

Year 11
(120 hours)
Year 12
(120 hours)
Course Suggested modules Depth

Investigating Science

Life Skills

Cause and Effect

Scientific Models

Science and Technology

Science and Society

Physical World Science

Life Skills

Forces and Motion


Earth and Space Science

Life Skills

Earth's Resources

Human Impacts

Earth's Processes and Hazards

Resource Management

Living World Science

Life Skills

The Structure and Organisation of Living Things

Diversity and Ecosystems

Heredity and Genetics

Disease and Disorders

Chemical World Science

Life Skills

Properties of Matter

Chemical Reactions

For Science Life Skills:

  • Students may complete one or more courses to contribute up to six units of study towards their Preliminary or HSC pattern of study.
  • Students are not required to address or achieve all the Science Life Skills outcomes.
  • Students are not required to complete all of the content to demonstrate achievement of an outcome.
  • Outcomes and content should be selected to meet the particular needs of individual students.
  • The modules provide possible frameworks for addressing the Science Life Skills outcomes and content, and are suggestions only. Teachers have the flexibility to develop modules that will meet the needs, strengths, goals, interests and prior learning of their students.
  • Examples provided under the content points are suggestions only. Teachers may use the examples provided or develop other examples to meet the particular needs of individual students.
  • Working Scientifically outcomes and content are to be integrated into modules wherever students undertake an investigation.
  • Depth studies may be undertaken within any course and can relate to any module in a course.